Ludhiana opens its heart and purse for the disabled with special camps

  • Anshu Seth, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2015 23:54 IST
Dr Prabhashankar examinesh a physically handicapped patient during a special campu organised in Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

In a rare gesture directed towards an otherwise ignored section of the population, Ludhiana city witnessed eight special camps to assess the needs and problems of the disabled.

The last the camps was organized in Jamalpur today. Personally supervising the camp on the last day Bittu said he had managed to get sanction of hearing and mobility aids worth Rs 3 Crore for the disabled from the ministry of social justice and empowerment (Government of India) for Ludhiana. Bittu got the sanction for these aids under A-DIP (Assistance to Disabled Scheme).

As many as 2658 individuals with polio, hearing /visual impairment, cerebral palsy were registered in the camps who will be provided tricycles, hearing aids, specialized canes manufactured by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation Limited (ALIMCO) functional under the ministry of social justice and empowerment.

"The cause is close to my heart as this strata of the society is usually goes unnoticed and I feel they should be given priority especially when it comes to distribution of funds," shared Bittu. He further stated, "Political rivals are also human beings and rise to such occasions , thus getting this sanction was not difficult," adding that during his tenure as MP of Anandpur Sahib , he had distributed aides worth 1.75 crore to 1634 individuals.

Dr Prabha Shanker working for Alimco along with his team of experts examined the individuals and took measurements for the artificial limbs and specifications of other aides. "People who get these aides from us can contact us anytime if they face any problem. The ministry provides massive funds to various organizations working for the cause of disabled across the country," disclosed Dr Prabha Shanker.

For 75 years old Mangat Ram who stood in the queue patiently waiting for his turn , the hearing aid is a lifeline as he adds, "I have suffered enough for not being able to hear for years, now life will become easy for me once I get my hearing aid."

Similarly, artificial limb will come as a new lease of life for 17 years old Karan from Mundian village who dreams of setting up his grocery store to earn a livelihood.

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